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Carleton Announces New Health Sciences Building — Encouraging Experiential Learning and Collaborative Research

Ottawa - Carleton University announced yesterday that it has begun construction work on a $52-million Health Sciences Building that will include the latest technology in high-quality undergraduate teaching labs. The new open-concept research labs will provide greater access to experiential learning opportunities for students while encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and closer interactions within departments.

The seven-storey, 120,000-square-foot building designed by Montgomery Sisam and NXL Architects will house Neuroscience and the new Health Sciences Department. Occupancy is set for August 2017.

Chris Carruthers, health-care consultant, former chief of staff at the Ottawa Hospital and vice-chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors, has been leading the charge on fundraising to outfit the laboratories with essential and leading-edge technology, as well as student aid and internships for students. He notes the university has developed extensive programs that offer students everything they need to work at the interface of research and policy in the health sector.

Key Facts:

• Researchers will collaborate on topics that include infectious and chronic diseases, prenatal influences and healthy aging.
• The Bachelor of Health Sciences program and the Neuroscience and Mental Health program have grown quickly over recent years. The new building will be strategically designed to accommodate future growth.
• Carleton’s plan for its campus involves phasing out surface parking lots to make room for grass areas and space that engages the public. The new Health Sciences Building is a step in that direction.

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